Psychotherapy refers to the treatment of mental, emotional, and behavioral issues and disorders using effective approaches and techniques.
Psychotherapy can address a wide range of issues including managing stress, building more satisfying relationships, enhancing self-esteem, establishing a better work-life balance, and overcoming anxiety. It is an opportunity to identify obstacles to growth and develop a new, sometimes dramatically, different way of looking at oneself and their environment. Psychotherapy can also help you access feelings that lead to a richer day-to-day experience.
Whether you are coping with depression, anxiety, inattention, relationships problems, career struggles, or just interested in developing a greater understanding yourself, therapy can be an excellent opportunity to think about where you have been and where you want to go.
Therapy can address a wide range of issues, symptoms, disorders, and impairments in the areas:
- Anxiety and mood disturbance
- Anger control problems
- Stress management
- Life adjustments and transitions
- Grief and loss
- Marital problems
- Parent education
- Parent-child conflict
- Separation, divorce, remarriage
- Attention deficit /hyperactivity disorder
- Disruptive behavior
- Work and Career issues
- Conflict Resolution
Psychotherapy is not easily described in general statements. It varies depending on the personalities of the psychologist and client and the particular problems you bring forward. There are many different methods we may use to deal with the problems that you hope to address. Psychotherapy is not like a medical doctor visit. Instead, it calls
for a very active effort on your part. In order for the therapy to bemost successful, you will have to work on things discussed during your sessions at home.
Psychotherapy can have benefits and risks. Since therapy often involves discussing unpleasant aspects of your life, you may experience some uncomfortable feelings like sadness, guilt, anger, frustration, loneliness, or helplessness. On the other hand, psychotherapy has also been shown to have benefits for people who go through it. Therapy often leads to better relationships, solutions to specific problems, and significant reductions in feelings of distress.
The first few sessions will involve a general evaluation of your needs in order to offer you some first impressions of what the work will include and a treatment plan to follow, if you decide to continue with therapy. You should evaluate this information along with your own opinions of whether you feel comfortable working with your clinician. Therapy generally involves a commitment of time and energy, so you should be careful about the therapist you select. If you have
questions about procedures at this practice, you should discuss them whenever they arise. If your doubts persist, we will be happy to refer you to another mental health professional for a second opinion.